Revitalizing Solid Perfume Recipe

Posted by Alieta|22 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Revitalizing Solid Perfume Recipe

 

Feeling burned-out or lacking energy from all your fun summer adventures? Well, it isn’t over yet!

The last push of summer is coming, and with it opportunities to seek out long lost friends and enjoy every bit of the sun as it fades into fall and loved ones go into hibernation. Maybe you need something just a little extra sweet to keep you going? Thankfully, pure plant aromatics are here to lift us up.

Just like stopping to smell the flowers, wearing fragrances you love can help boost your mood and keep energy up. Here’s a wonderful solid perfume recipe to excite the senses and stabilize your exhausted emotions. Simply apply a bit on the neck and pulse points to enjoy. Super easy to make and totally customizable, this harmonizing solid aroma balm is perfect for your summer fun. Feel free to formulate your own scent combination and check out some of our past posts for inspiration!

 

Revitalizing Solid Perfume

 

Balm Base Recipe

1 ½ cup organic Almond oil

1/2 cup organic Grapeseed oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup beeswax pastilles

 

Revitalizing Solid Perfume Aroma Blend

60 drops organic Lemon essential oil

25 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil

22 drops organic Cinnamon Leaf essential oil

22 drops organic Rosemary essential oil

 

*Cinnamon Bark essential oil is very strong and may cause irritation if using on the skin. I went with Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to avoid potential irritation. All essential oils are highly concentrated, so please use and craft with care!

 

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler (Pyrex is easiest), melt the beeswax pastilles into your carrier oil mix.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and add Essential Oils and Vitamin E Oil
  3. Stir and pour into 1 oz containers. You can also find beautiful lockets at thrift stores to use instead of tins. These make sweet gifts and are fun to wear!
  4. Allow to cool on a safe shelf, away from pets and children.

 

Cinnamon: The smell of cinnamon invigorates the senses, relaxes tension, and calms nerves. For this recipe, using Cinnamon leaf oil is important, as cinnamon bark oil can cause irritation to the skin.

Eucalyptus: Known for increasing energy and balancing emotions, good for soothing away stress.

Lemon: An uplifting citrus scent! Lemon is balancing and is helpful for making clear decisions and for emotional purging.

Rosemary: Stimulates memory, confidence, perception, and creativity. Helpful for balancing mind and body. Uplifts the mood and helps you remember good dreams!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Revitalizing Solid Perfume

Have fun!

 

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|20 July 2014

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While I have lived all of my adult life in cities and towns, I spent the first eighteen years of my life on the side of a mountain surrounded by forests, creeks, and lakes. The smell of evergreen trees and beloved oaks never fails to bring on nostalgic memories of a rather active and adventurous childhood roaming hillsides, chasing rabbits, capturing bullfrogs, and reading books about far away places while lounging in one of our rickety tree houses.

Perhaps this is why I’ve always loved the flavors and scents of the forest. Baking on cedar planks, cool spring water infused with fir tips, and crushed juniper berries for hearty winter meals make me smile. Teas created with bark, leaves, and berries make some of the most satisfying and healthy infusions.  I have various versions of what I call “Tree Teas” (play on the better known “Tea Tree” intended) and here is a good one for these long, warm days of summer…

 

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Under the Tree Tea Recipe

1 teaspoon organic Linden leaf and flower

2-3 Cedar or Fir leaf tips (fresh or dried)*

1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn leaf and flower

1 teaspoon organic Juniper Berries

This recipe makes enough for 2+ cups of tea, depending on how strong you like it. Feel free to adjust the ratio to taste. The flavors can be strong and this isn’t really meant as an everyday tea. Combine all the herbs into an infuser, strainer, bag, etc. and add 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. This is also good as an infusion with cold water. You could put the herbs into one of our Tea-to-Go glass infusers or a Mason jar and allow to infuse for a half hour or so before giving it a taste.

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Precautions: There are a few precautions to consider with these ingredients. Do not drink linden flower teas within 2 hours of taking any vitamin and mineral supplement, since the mucilage in the tea can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from the supplement. Cedar tips and juniper berries should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding, and juniper berries should be used in moderation and should not be used by anyone who has inflammation of the kidneys.

*Make sure the cedar or fir tips are pesticide free and ethically wild-harvested.

New Cracked Black Peppercorn!

Posted by Christine|18 July 2014

 

black_pepper_crackedWe have some exciting news for those of you who like your black pepper a little on the coarse side…

 

New Cracked Black Peppercorn!

 

Our organic Cracked Black Pepper is a little larger in size than the organic Black Pepper Ground that we offer, and measures roughly to a 30-40 US mesh size. This makes it the perfect size for rubs and salad dressings.

Peppercorns are the fruit of Piper nigrum, an evergreen climbing vine. Black, white, and green peppercorns all come from the same plant, but they are harvested at different times and handled in different ways. To make black pepper, the clusters are plucked shortly before they ripen and are left in piles to ferment. After a few days, the berries are spread out on a mat and left to dry in the sun for two or three more days where they shrivel and blacken. This process takes quite a lot of care and precision to produce one of the world’s most treasured spices.

Visit our website to see our full line of whole and ground peppercorns!

 

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Alieta|17 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Photo Thursday!

 

Last month the Great Plains Nature Center held a free public event called Outdoor Kansas Kids (OK Kids). The event focused on encouraging children to be active and involved in nature.  The theme for this year’s event was Blast from the Past.  Activities focused on the natural world and included bird house building, all natural herb tie-dying projects, pioneer-era crafts, archery, and animal displays.

We were very happy to have the opportunity to donate organic Turmeric Root Powder, Parsley Leaf, and Madder Root for the natural tie-dying activity. Pictured above is one of the participants displaying his newly herbal dyed t-shirt. How fun is that? Thanks to Friends of Great Plains Nature Center for inviting us to be a part of this day of creative learning!

 

Managing Stormwater Runoff for River Health

Posted by Alyssa|16 July 2014

Stormwater Management

 

Last November, Mountain Rose Herbs was recognized as the first Eugene business to become Salmon Safe certified! Along with businesses, Salmon Safe helps farms, vineyards, campuses, developers, and parks transform land management practices to protect Pacific salmon. The team of experts evaluated our current practices and praised us for being on the right track. They also gave recommendations for how to improve, and we’re taking their advice!

In the spring, we reached out to the Long Tom Watershed Council, a local non-profit devoted to improving water quality in our watershed. On a hot day in July, it felt like 97 degrees in the sun, but that didn’t stop us from walking the parameter of our campus, slogging through the bio-swale, and taking plant and sediment samples. Sarah Whitney, Interim Project Manager for LTWC, educated us about best practices and overall goals of storm water management.

“Managing stormwater as close to the source as possible helps to mimic pre-construction (if not natural) conditions of the site, allowing the water to be slowed, cooled, and cleaned before entering the ground water or streams. On a typical site, stormwater flows over parking lots, roofs and garbage areas, picking up pollutants before entering a stormdrain which pipes the water directly to streams bringing pollution and scouring the banks.”

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Sustainability

 

Our campus is sandwiched between sensitive wetlands and the Amazon canal which flow into the Long Tom River, a tributary of the Willamette River, one of the most important waterways in Oregon. That is one reason we feel so strongly that it is our responsibility to care for on-site water runoff and refuse to landscape with pesticides.

Sarah continues, “To mitigate these impacts you must create an area for stormwater from these hardscape areas to flow through vegetation and soil before entering a storm drain. These areas can often be sized so that no water overflows from the site in a typical rain event, instead allowing the water to be up taken by plants and to flow down, recharging the aquifer. The best plants for these areas are wetland plants, so additional pockets of habitats are created that provide food and shelter for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.”

Sarah and the team also helped us assess and prioritize projects. Potential projects include: planting native Bigleaf Maples to provide shade and habitat, installing a rain garden to manage parking lot runoff, cleaning out our bio-swale and retention pond, and building a green roof above our recycling area. Exciting things to come!

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Sustainability

Photo credit: Ephraim Payne, Long Tom Watershed Council

Homemade Bitters: Cacao & Dandelion

Posted by Alieta|14 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Dandelion & Cacao Bitters Recipe

 

Sweet, sour, salty, umami, and everyone’s favorite flavor - bitter! Does the word bitter get you salivating?  Chances are it does, since it’s the duty of this flavor to get digestion going. Most people try to avoid this important taste, but bitters are necessary for helping us maintain wellness. If you just can’t do bitter greens, ease into a relationship with bitter using my favorite recipe – Cacao & Dandelion Digestive Bitters! Chocolaty with a bitter punch, this is a great place to start.

There are a number of aromatic and bitter herbs that are great for making a tincture like this including gentian, grapefruit peel, quassia bark, and cardamom, just to name a few.  You can make appetite stimulating bitters out of one herb at a time or blend flavorful herbs together to make a personal concoction to add to your daily health routine. My recipe today calls for two classy companions, Dandelion and Cacao.

You can enjoy bitters in cocktails or straight on the tongue whenever you’d like, but especially before or after a meal.  Your bitter receptors and digestive prowess will thank you!

 

Dandelion and Cacao Bitters

2 TBSP organic roasted Cacao Nibs

2 TBSP organic Dandelion Root

40% or higher proof vodka

Your herb to alcohol ratio should be about 1:3

Fill one half pint jar 1/4-1/3 of the way full with your herb combination. For my recipe, I used equal parts cacao and dandelion, although I could have done more dandelion for more bitter flavor or more cacao for more cacao flavor. Once your herb is in the jar, you can cover with alcohol. Fill the jar to the very top and shake well. Allow to extract for two weeks and then strain through cheesecloth. Keep in a glass dropper bottle for convenience. Enjoy!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs - Dandelion and Cacao Bitters Recipe

 

 

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

- See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/dandy-tummy-bitters-recipe/#sthash.n9rqWJap.dpuf

 

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

- See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/dandy-tummy-bitters-recipe/#sthash.n9rqWJap.dpuf

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

- See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/dandy-tummy-bitters-recipe/#sthash.n9rqWJap.dpuf

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|13 July 2014

syrup

 

I recently returned from vacation travels (which included several plane flights) to find I’d come down with a doozy of a bug, just in time for warm weather and opportunities for summer fun. Summer sicknesses are the worst! Between the snuffles and the lingering hack, I knew my body needed some rest, recovery, and tea. This recipe includes my favorite go-to herbs for nourishing a sickly me…

 

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Summer Sniffles Tea

2 Tablespoons organic Slippery Elm Bark

2 Tablespoons organic Marshmallow Root or organic Marshmallow Leaf

1 Tablespoon organic dried Elderberries

1 Tablespoon organic Red Clover Blossoms

raw, organic honey

This recipe makes about 3-4 cups of tea or infusion. I like to make it in my Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser to take along with me, but you could also make it up in a Mason jar or other large mug. Put all the herbs in the container and cover with 3 cups or so of boiling water.  You can also make this up and let it infuse overnight, if you’d like a stronger decoction. While battling my cold, I made a big half-gallon jar full and then “decanted” it as I needed it. Stir in the honey to taste.

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Alieta|10 July 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Photo Thursday!

 

We discovered some blooming Alliums across the street today and this adorable little bee was hard at work! We are endlessly grateful for these celebrated little bugs. Without them, we would have a far less appetizing and colorful plate and our herbs wouldn’t be so happy, we wouldn’t have delicious honey for seasonal support, nor would we have beeswax for nourishing and protecting our skin!

If you are working on establishing or maintaining a bee-friendly environment in your neighborhood, read the Gardeners Beware Report by Friends of the Earth and Beyond Toxics here and check out our Pesticide-Free Garden Sign!

 

Healthy Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Egg Recipe!

Posted by Erin|09 July 2014

 

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to wake up to a hot dish that’s a delicious source of healthy fats and protein to get my brain going. A little heat from hot peppers doesn’t hurt either. This recipe is super simple and wonderfully satisfying. You can top it with a little sour cream, fresh cilantro, pickled onions, or serve it over corn grits for an extra special treat. Get creative!

 

Herbal Eggs: Avocado Egg

 

Rise & Shine Baked Avocado

Ingredients

1 organic Hass avocado, cut in half with seed removed

2 organic farm eggs

½ tsp organic Mexican Seasoning or equal parts organic cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano, and chili powder

¼ cup shredded organic cheddar cheese

organic salsa

fine sea salt and organic cracked black pepper to taste

 

Directions

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the avocado halves into a baking dish and stabilize them with a little foil if needed. Crack one egg into each empty pit of your avocado halves. You can scoop a bit of avocado out if you need more room for the egg. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle ¼ tsp of Mexican Seasoning on each egg filled avocado. Top each half with shredded cheese and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with salsa, and enjoy!

 

Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Eggs

DIY: Homemade Ginger “Bug” and Fermented Herbal Sodas

Posted by Kori|07 July 2014

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Brace yourselves for my true confession…I love fizzy, buzzy, sodas. There, I’ve said it and I’m not the least bit sorry! While I do avoid commercial sodas for obvious and well-documented reasons, I still get mad cravings for a good ginger ale or sparkly fruity punch. In addition to the refreshing nature of a tasty soda drink, there is something about it that makes me feel youthful, playful, and decadent. While there are more choices on the market now for sparkly fermented beverages made with healthier ingredients, like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar, they can be a bit on the spendy side. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to make delicious fermented soda beverages in the home kitchen and I can use fruits from my own garden!

The first step in creating soda at home is to make a fermented culture known as a Ginger Bug. This takes a few days, but it isn’t the slightest bit hard! It could even be a fun learning project for a child. Here’s the basic recipe:

Ginger Bug

Equal parts fresh ginger, organic cane sugar, and filtered water

I used approximately 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 Tablespoons cane sugar

2 Tablespoons filtered water

Mix these ingredients in a jar. I just tossed them into the jar, put the lid on, and swirled it around to combine.

Each day for 5-7 days, add the same equal parts of these three ingredients to the mixture:

2 Tablespoons fresh, grated ginger

2 Tablespoons cane sugar

2 Tablespoons water

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Elderberry Soda

I make my version of Elderberry Syrup every fall and sometimes have a bit left over as spring turns into summer to use for a delicious soda. It’s quite easy to make at any time of the year though! Here’s my recipe and another recipe here.

1 cup dried, organic elderberries

4 cups water

1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon or 1 Tablespoon cinnamon bark

1 teaspoon organic whole cloves

1 teaspoon organic ground ginger or 1 Tablespoon ginger root

1/4 cup organic wild cherry bark

1 Tablespoon organic dried orange peel

Put all these ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Once the mixture boils, turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 30-40 minutes. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a large glass or Pyrex bowl (compost the herbs and berries). I like to press down with a wooden spoon to make sure I get all the juice and flavor I can! Let the mixture cool a bit and add 2 cups raw, organic honey to the mixture while it is warm, but not hot. This helps the honey to incorporate into the juice without the need to heat.

This makes about 5 cups of a rather thick syrup (thick enough to use on pancakes or waffles).

For the Soda

In a half-gallon pitcher or jar, add 2 cups of Elderberry Syrup and fill almost to the top with cold, filtered water. To this, add 1/2 cup of the Ginger Bug. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Cover with cheesecloth and a rubber band and allow to sit at room temperature for 3-5 days while it ferments. Depending on the weather, season, ambient temperature, and other variables, it may ferment quickly or take a little longer. Taste it after 2 days and see how it tastes to you and then decide if you’d like to let it go a little longer.

You can bottle your soda at this point, if you’d like. Use bottles with a screw top or bottle as you would homemade beer. I prefer to make small batches and drink it rather quickly as they do continue to ferment, even if stored in sealed bottles in the fridge.

Experiment!

Once you’ve made the Elderberry Syrup, you can use the same technique to make syrups from other fruits and herbs. A rose or lavender syrup or a fruit juice base would work nicely for a home-crafted soda. As you use some of the Ginger Bug, add equal parts fresh, grated ginger root, cane sugar, and water to replace. Like a sourdough starter, this culture can last for quite a while if tended properly and you can have the makings for delicious homemade sodas at your fingertips!

 

 

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The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|06 July 2014

rooibos

Honeybush & Honeyroo Tea

My love for the red teas has been growing lately. As the temperatures soar and I want to reach for something tasty, sweet, and refreshing, I find Honeybush and Rooibos to be a wonderful choice. Since they are also caffeine free, they make a lovely iced tea for sipping with supper on a hot summer evening- a little wedge of lemon and the fruity sweetness comes through!

Since I’ve confessed before how I like to take a delicious tea blend and add a few delicious extra herbs, I’ll let you in on a little secret…organic spearmint is a fabulous addition to both the Honeybush and the Honeyroo tea blends! I like to combine 1 part organic spearmint to 2 parts either Honeybush or Honeyroo, steep with either boiling water or room temperature water (for a yummy sun tea) and served up with a lemon wedge.

This tea is perfect along side a light summer meal or sipped on its own, and since it doesn’t have caffeine, it makes a lovely tea for children too!

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What’s the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

Posted by Christine|04 July 2014

 

 

 

What's the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

 

Calling all lavender lovers!

You might have noticed some variations in our lavender products lately. There are many species of Lavandula out there, and for years we have sold both Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia as Lavender Flowers. The differences between these two are very subtle. In general, they can be used interchangeably. However, some do prefer one over the other once you get into the fine complexities. We are excited to now offer you both of these beautiful flowers!

 

Organic Lavender, English Flowers

English_LavenderLavandula angustifolia is the classic lavender that most people are familiar with. It can also be found on the market as Common Lavender, French Lavender (when it comes from France), True Lavender, or Lavender. You may also see it labeled as Lavandula officinalis. This little greyish purple flower is known for its sweet floral aroma and medicinal properties.

 

Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Flowers

LavandinLavandula x intermedia is quickly becoming a popular lavender species on the market. It can sometimes be found as Dutch Lavender, but is often sold as just Lavender. We are slowly seeing it labeled properly as Lavandin. These bluish purple flowers have a brighter color in comparison to the English Lavender. Lavandin has an equally characteristic sweet floral lavender aroma, with a slight camphor note.

 

 

Visit our website to see all of our wonderful Lavandula products!

Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Flower Powder (Lavandula x intermedia)
Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Hydrosol (Lavandula x intermedia)
Organic Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Organic Lavender, Spike Essential Oil (Lavandula latifolia)
Lavender 40-42 Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender Skin Cream

What's the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

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